Health and Human Flourishing: Religion, Medicine, and Moral Anthropology / Edition 2

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Those who have lamented the moral minimalism of much conventional bioethics should celebrate this splendid volume. Those who have called for 'a richer bioethics' should delight in it. Its attention to the nature of human nature and of human flourishing provides an antidote to the reduction of morality to universal and minimal principles. . . . The book is enough to give one hope for the future of bioethics." Allen Verhey, professor of theological ethics, Duke Divinity School What exactly does it mean to be human? It is an age-old question, one for which theology, philosophy, science, and medicine have all provided different answers. Contributors from a wide range of disciplines unearth the ethical and clinical implications of human existence.

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Reviewer: Jessica R Attwood, BA, MA (Children's Hospital of Minnesota)
Description: This is a deeply introspective look at how religion, culture, and history influence everyday bioethics, examining how these topics are frequently omitted from discussions and advances in bioethics.
Purpose: The purpose is to "promote serious ethical reflections and discourse in pursuit of a just society and health care that affirms the dignity and social nature of all persons." The book meets this worthy objective.
Audience: The author does not specify an audience, but it would be interesting for a variety of readers, including students, medical professionals, and people of faith. This book is a compilation of contributions from a number of authors, each of whom seems to be a credible authority.
Features: The book covers subjects such as anthropology, theology, human dignity, and advanced medicine, examining how each of these can better our understanding of science, sociology, and healthcare. What is best about this book is the range of topics covered. There is no sense of redundancy, as the book is a compilation of essays, each of which is unique in both writing style and content.
Assessment: This is a fair and thorough assessment of multiple ways of approaching issues in medicine and healthcare. Although the book is dense (which makes it a slow read), it is also pertinent and necessary to modern day medical ethics. Until reading this book, I had yet to come across something that examines the implications of moral anthropology on modern day bioethics. For this reason, this book is an invaluable addition to the fields of bioethics, religion, anthropology, and medicine.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781589010796
  • Publisher: Georgetown University Press
  • Publication date: 6/28/2006
  • Edition description: REV
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 296
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.10 (h) x 0.80 (d)

Meet the Author

Carol R. Taylor is director of the Center for Clinical Bioethics, a senior research scholar at the Kennedy Institute of Ethics, and an assistant professor of nursing at Georgetown University.

Roberto Dell'Oro is assistant professor in The Bioethics Institute and the graduate director of the Master of Arts Program in Bioethics at Loyola Marymount University in Los Angeles.

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Table of Contents

1 Theological anthropology and bioethics 13
2 Vulnerability, agency, and human flourishing 33
3 Pluralism, truthfulness, and the patience of being 53
4 Dignity and the human as a natural kind 71
5 On being true to form 89
6 The integrity conundrum 103
7 Vulnerability and the meaning of illness : reflections on lived experience 119
8 A meditation on vulnerability and power 141
9 Vulnerability within the body of Christ : anointing of the sick and theological anthropology 159
10 Gender and human relationality 185
11 Bioethics, relationships, and participation in the common good 207
12 Health care and a theological anthropology 225
13 Health policy and a theological anthropology 231
14 Science and a theological anthropology 241
Toward a richer bioethics : a conclusion 247
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